Dear chairman of parks
Dear chairman, the road from the Lynden Pindling International Airport is the first visual experience that thousands of arriving tourists see from the airport to their resorts for the duration of their vacation, whether it be at Atlantis, Baha Mar or an Airbnb.
And the question is what do they see? Well the answer is in plain sight (no pun intended): billboards lining the streets from soft drink, beer, television, news and real estate companies. It’s a blight for us locals, so I can imagine what it must look like for tourists arriving here for the first time.
Unless the laws have changed, I recall that signs of that size had to be approved by the relevant authorities; either they have been approved or the owners of these billboards have taken the law into their own hands and have erected these monstrosities without seeking permission.
Some time ago the former director of town or physical planning went on a rampage and removed all the real estate signs on public property, including one that was listed by our brokerage on private land. Although it was a wee sign – like 2 feet by 4 feet – it was taken down and we had to collect it from his office.
In addition to these gigantic billboards you drive along the beach headed into town and there are mounds of garbage left over by persons using the beach. I would hasten to cast blame on my fellow Bahamians for being nasty by leaving their mess, perhaps it was some other persons littering our beach, because most Bahamians have been exposed to keeping our islands clean and pristine.
Our waters are so beautiful, but it is being spoiled by these nasty folks who continue to give our country a black eye by continuing to leave their garbage behind.
Mr. chairman, I see your folks trying to keep up with cleaning the beaches. Perhaps you should concentrate on the hot spots and get receptacles that can be emptied on a daily basis. We must win this war on litter and those that are found dumping indiscriminately must be hauled before the courts and get the maximum penalties under the law. The time for joking is over, we are now being overrun by rats and I mean really big rats, almost the size of my cat and hopefully we won’t have health issues with these rodents.
Back to my signs issue: driving along the Cable Beach strip is comparable to the strip in Vegas, with luminated signs cluttering the streets. It is almost like the whole place has gone mad with advertising signs slamming us at every turn. I am surprised that more accidents are not happening with more drivers being distracted, especially at the entrance to Super Value on Cable Beach and the six-legged roundabout at Oakes Field. Something has to give, someone needs to do their job and get these signs down!
This is how things get out of hand, it starts with one person, then others follow and before you know it it’s a free for all! I believe it is time for the authorities to step in before it is too late!
Something has to give!
• William Wong is a two-term president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, and two-term president of the Bahamas Real Estate Association. William Wong is a partner at Darville-Wong Realty. E-mail: [email protected].